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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 6 March 2015 (USA)
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As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.


John Madden


Ol Parker (screenplay by), Ol Parker (screen story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dev Patel ... Sonny Kapoor
Maggie Smith ... Muriel Donnelly
Danny Mahoney ... Car Valet
David Strathairn ... Ty Burley
Judi Dench ... Evelyn Greenslade
Bill Nighy ... Douglas Ainslie
Celia Imrie ... Madge Hardcastle
Ronald Pickup ... Norman Cousins
Diana Hardcastle ... Carol Parr
Subhrajyoti Barat Subhrajyoti Barat ... Hari (as Shubhrajyoti Barat)
Fiona Mollison Fiona Mollison ... Susan
Zachary Coffin ... American Tourist
Jayesh V. Kardak Jayesh V. Kardak ... Douglas' Assistant (as Jayesh Kardak)
Tina Desai ... Sunaina
Shazad Latif ... Kushal


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets. As ... Written by Fox Searchlight

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Plot Keywords:

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language and suggestive comments | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El exótico Hotel Marigold 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,540,370, 8 March 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the movie, Evelyn (Judi Dench) claims Muriel (Maggie Smith) is only 19 days older than her. In real life, Dame Maggie Smith (b. 28/12/34) is in fact 19 days younger than Dame Judi Dench (b. 9/12/34). See more »


In the opening, Muriel and Sonny are driving down Route 66 and then appear in San Diego. Route 66 ends in Los Angeles, not San Diego. See more »


Evelyn Greenslade: How was America?
Muriel Donnelly: It made death more tempting.
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Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.73 (2015) See more »


Music composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Lyric by Sameer Anjaan (as Sameer Anjaan)
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal & Shriram
Courtesy of Tseries
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Wonderful to welcome back old friends
28 February 2015 | by non-thomasSee all my reviews

Have looked forward to this sequel and was not disappointed. It was so good to catch up with old friends (literally and metaphorically). Maybe the storyline was more diluted as less concentrated on the 'guests' and more on Sunni and his attempts to expand his empire and get married but the journey that the 'guests' had started was still ongoing. For me the film is a testament to the fact that old age need not be a slow descent into oblivion; we can lose interest before reaching the terminus or we can hang onto the strap handles and stick it out to the end, which is the message in the film and I know which I prefer. I have n't yet found my personal Best Exotic Marigold Hotel but when I do hopefully Dames Judi & Maggie,Bill, Celia, Ronald, Diana will be my fellow travellers, all haphazardly supervised by Sunni. To those expecting gratuitous violence, blood and gore, gritty reality and leave the cinema feeling life is on a downward spiral, then stay away. To those who want to enjoy a heart warming film,rekindle faith in human nature and joy and expectation in life, go see it and escape this miserable, violent world we live in; go with your friend/lover/partner or alone - just go and enjoy. I am in the age group that would qualify me as a guest but I, like them, am still on a wonderful journey, determined to strap-hang to the end.

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